dean, and national and international leader. While he was dean and professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, he presided over the shaping of the careers of several graduating medical classes and continued his spiritual and role model guidance of these generations of physicians for many years thereafter. As president of the Institute of Medicine he brought the public health as well as the scientific basis of medicine to the forefront of the national and international agenda. Upon returning to Case Western Reserve University, Fred once again was in his best element: leading, being a statesman of science and education, and guiding his colleagues and institutions. Fred was a warm, gentle, caring, and inspiring mentor to the thousands he touched during his remarkable career. For many years he watched and participated in the interplay of the Cleveland medical institutions. He never interfered, but rather encouraged mutual respect and the necessity for collaboration.

EDUCATION AND EARLY LIFE

Frederick C. Robbins was born in Auburn, Alabama, on August 25, 1916. His father was a professor of botany; his mother also was a botanist. The family soon moved to Columbia, Missouri, where he shared the early years with his two brothers. In September 1928 as Fred was turning 12, his father accepted a two-year appointment in Paris. The Robbins family did not think that schooling in Paris was desirable for the boys; so his mother admitted him to a public school in Switzerland. The following year Fred was enrolled in a boarding school, Institut Sellig, located on the shores of Lake Geneva. Fred seems to have enjoyed Switzerland and had a good time exploring the mountains around Lake Geneva and skiing during winter. Although Fred was not fluent in French, he managed many subjects



The National Academies | 500 Fifth St. N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20001
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use and Privacy Statement